I certainly considered the BMW, as 2 of my last 3 bikes were BMW's. Just sitting on it, the BMW was not as comfortable to me. Taller and the seat shape was poor (IMO). Reading every review I could find sealed the deal. The Burgman seemed universally rated as a smoother engine and better highway machine. BMW still had some teething issues with the first years (fuel door) and my BMW's all required more warranty service than my past Japanese-brand bikes. I understand the BMW might handle better when pushed hard in the twisties but I chose a scooter for high-speed commuting and lane sharing through So Cal traffic. Push button mirror folding is a huge bonus I use almost every time I ride.